Handling Stress: Tips for Lawyers

Being a practitioner of the law is definitely a daunting task. If you think the stress that you have experienced during law school is pretty harsh, wait until you become a full-fledged lawyer working in a law firm, handling the cases of a number of clients. Being one requires that you study everything in your specialized field, everything from law books up to case files. Not to mention the stress trials and hearings give. Also, dealing with clients may also be a stressful task, considering that you are already handling the case of a person who is extremely stressed and not certainly having a time of his or her life. However, handling stress is pretty easy and it really does not take much.

First off, the things that stresses out lawyers. There are a number of things that stress out even the brightest of lawyers. This involves the workload, for example. Lawyers in smaller firms (and ones that have independent offices) are mostly tasked to handle numerous tasks a human would not be able to accomplish under normal circumstances. More work also means longer hours, meaning lawyers would not have enough time even for their basic necessities, let alone leisure time. This also takes a toll on their personal relationships, since their jobs take a lot out of their time. Dealing with volatile clients may have a negative effect on one’s emotions – the negative energy will definitely transfer to the lawyer.

With the above mentioned facts, how can a lawyer handle the stress of the work place? Well, it needs a simple time off and a lot of getting used to.

Sleep. No matter how much work you have to do, there’s always enough time to do it. Never ever compromise rest. Getting adequate sleep will definitely help and benefit you in the long run. Having 7-8 hours of sleep a night will make you able to function and do your daily tasks in a more positive and active note. It will also help you deal with stressful events, so if you rarely visit your bedroom to catch a much-needed snooze, you better start today. Your profession (salary and billable minutes) may be reduced, but it will certainly help you lead a healthy lifestyle and improve your condition.

Vacations. Taking a three day or a week long break may do wonders, especially if you have been working nonstop for months. Take a day off to go to the beach or go on an amusement park with your loved ones or you could just sleep on the couch all day without worrying about work-related things that could induce stress.

Socializing and Exercise. Never compromise your relationships with your family and friends over work-related matters. You need them as much as they need you. Having a chat with your kids, spending movie time or just plainly having a light conversation will do wonders in raising your positivity and brightening up your outlook. Also, be sure to spend some time to sweat off the stress. Go out jogging with your dog or play some pickup basketball games after work. The little things are often the most important ones.